Suspicious betting activity on LSU baseball victory over Alabama prompts ban in state of Ohio

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LSU's Tommy White, right, poses for teammates after hitting a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning of an NCAA college baseball game against Alabama, Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Baton Rouge, La. (Michael Johnson/The Advocate via AP)

The state of Ohio has prohibited the state’s licensed sportsbooks from taking bets on Alabama baseball after reports of “suspicious wagering activity.”

The activity in question took place during Alabama’s series-opening loss at LSU on Friday at Alex Box Stadium. The ban is set to take effect in Ohio immediately, according to an ESPN report.

Las Vegas-based firm U.S. Integrity issued a report of suspicious activity on Friday, and that report prompted the Ohio gambling regulators to halt all betting on Alabama baseball on Monday. Bets on LSU games are still allowed.

Ohio started legal sports betting on Jan. 1.

U.S. Integrity monitors betting markets, but the specifics of the suspicious wagering activity that they discovered are unknown at this time.

No. 1-ranked LSU, which was a -245 favorite in Friday’s game, held on to win 8-6 after surviving a late Alabama rally. LSU went on to sweep the series.

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